Deck of Cards
Wink Martindale Lyrics

During the North African Campagne,
a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike,
and they arrived in a little town callled Casino.
The next morning, being Sunday,several of the boys went to church.
A Sargent commanded the boys in church,
and after the chaplain had read the prayer,
the text was taken up next.
Those of the boys who had a prayer books took them out,
but, this one boyhad only a deck of cards,
and so he spread them out.
The Sargent saw the cards and said, "Soldier, put away those cards".
After the services were over, the soldier was taken prisoner,
and brought before the Provost Marshall.
The marshall said " Sergeant, why have you brought this man here?"
"For playing cards in church Sir."
"And what have you to say for yourself Son?"
"Much, Sir," replied the soldier.
The marshall said, " I hope so, for if not,
I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished."
The soldier said, "Sir, I have been on the march for about six days,
I have neither Bible nor prayerbook, but I hope to satisfy you, Sir,
with the purity of my intentions."
And with that, the boy started his story.
"You see sir, when I look at the Ace,
it reminds me that there is but one God,
and the deuce, reminds me that the bible is divided
into two parts, the old and the new testament.
When I see the trey, I think of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
And when I see the four,I think of the four Evangelists who preached
the Gospel There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
And when I see the five, it reminds me of the five wise virgins
who trimmed their lamps, there were ten of them,
Five were wise and were saved, five were foolish,
and were shut out.
When I see the six, it reminds me that in six days,
God made this great Heaven and Earth.
When I see the seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day,
God rested from His great work.
And when I see the eight, I think of the eight rightous persons
God saved when he destroyed this Earth.
There was Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their wives.
And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our Saviour cleansed,
and, nine out of the ten, didn't even thank him.
When I see the ten, I think of the ten commandments,
God handed down to Moses on a table of stone.
When I see the king, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven,
God Almighty.
And when I see the Queen, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Who is Queen of Heaven, and the Jack of Knaves is the Devil.
When I count the number of spots in a deck of cards,
I find 365, the number of days in a year.
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year.
There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year.
There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So, you see Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible,
an Almanac, and a prayerbook.
And Friends, the story is true, I know,
I was that soldier.


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Beautiful lyrics.
Love this because it makes sense. Nowadays we need more " songs " with meaning like this one.

Judy Yoder

This song brings tears to my eyes remembering the song and my brothers who are now gone and missed each Christmas they were not at home with us! So laugh and think it's corny while I wipe my eyes.

Gary John Maddison

Tissue on the Way Sweet Sister You x Sun will follow you forever because you are you x ☺

ShirleyFor Tablet

I know what you mean I feel sad and miss all my family that passed and this was all our favourite bless you ,Shirley h Darlington England

Captain Hook

I was 4 in 1959 and I still think nobody except wink martindale can sing it with that much emotions

Norman Grainger

I was born in 1960 and was brought up with this song by wink I've still got it on a 7"single always bring back memory's of growing up

linda keyes

Born in the sixties, but I also grew up on this song, along with Jim Reeves, " Mother went a walking."

Sandy Martyn

I also grew up listening to this amazing song, it is truly magical . I hope to be buried with my 7" single


This was a favourite of my Dad's, great song and i always play it when i miss him

Steven Williams

Me too mate

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